The company says the new ThinkPad Z-Series is designed for mobile and small business users who rely on one notebook computer for both work and life demands.
The ThinkPad Z60m's 15.4-inch display offers 30 percent more data space than a 15-inch XGA and better viewing angles for notebook use on an airline flight. At 1.1-inches thick and just 4.2 pounds, the 14-inch ThinkPad Z60t is currently the thinnest and lightest widescreen notebook in its class.
In addition to the classic black ThinkPad design, the new Z-Series is available in a special-edition, brushed titanium cover.
The Z60m and Z60t integrate a high-speed, CDMA EVDO wireless wide area network (WWAN) antenna for Verizon Wireless Broadband Access. The built-in WWAN antenna helps avoid many of the problems associated with PC cards, including hardware incompatibility and fragile, easily damaged antennas protruding from the computer.
The Verizon Wireless' network features 3G data speeds between 400-700kpbs (kilobits per second).
This series also include several multimedia features, including hot keys to control application functions and ports to easily upload digital images and video.
For business travelers, the Z-Series features a new inner armor chassis - a ThinkPad "Roll Cage" - that reduces the amount of stress on internal components when the notebook is dropped by up to 30 percent. The internal components, including the hard disk drive, are mounted in a one-piece magnesium cage that forms a more protective shell than traditional casings without affecting usability.
The widescreen TFT display is encased in an optional special edition titanium cover that is both durable and scratch-resistant. Lenovo also placed stereo speakers on either side of the keyboard. Adding to the multimedia capabilities are an array of ports for nearly every peripheral, including three USB 2.0 ports, as well as connections for S-Video, VGA and IEEE1394. The Z60m also boasts a 3-1 media card reader.
The Z-Series come equipped with the latest version of the ThinkVantage Client Security Solution, which enables users to recover logon passwords themselves. For added security, the Z-Series also is available with Lenovo's integrated fingerprint reader, a convenient and secure biometric solution for password management. It also features easy and powerful disk encryption, updated password manager software, and a System Security Audit to ensure users are properly securing their system.
The 14-inch ThinkPad Z60t will be available in October with prices starting at US$1099. The 15.4-inch ThinkPad Z60m will be available with a start price of US$799.